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You never quite know what a day might hold

Ely Cathedral

In my case, on this day, it was this.

And a fruitless hunt for Oliver Cromwell’s old gaff.

Was he good or bad my co-pilot asked?

Oh, a bit of both I suppose, I said.

From the back the 8 year old piped up: he was warty…
Christmas is sinful…music is sinful…dancing is sinful…

We played David Guetta on the way back.

Old Ironsides must be spinning in his grave.

The Oaks Preview – without the strength and depth of the Derby epic!

I just took a phone call from my friend – did I want to go to the Oaks tomorrow (setting off for Epsom in about 12 hours time)?  We went last year, when I had about three days notice…

Sadly I had to decline just now because I am bound for something much more boring (delivering a workshop at a conference that has nothing whatsoever to do with horses, although I have hidden a Derby question in the interactive quiz :-)).  What a disappointment.  March in the fens or Epsom on the downs.  No contest 😦

Anyway, I took the opportunity to pick the horseracing journo’s brains and he said he has Sariska but he is worried she will be outpaced down the hill.  He said he also backed the Bolger filly last year at 50/1, Oh Goodness Me.  So that’s the expert’s view.  He also particularly wants to be there when Jamie Spencer wins his first English Classic, that’s a big fact that had escaped my notice.  Well I hope it happens for them both.

My own position is this.  I don’t have time to tie myself in the comprehensive knots I have over the colts race on Saturday and I have been busy doing Powerpoint slides for the conference when I could have been studying the form, so I am forced into a Little Britain, Lou and and Andy type decision.

“I want that one!” 

That one being Henry Cecil’s MIDDAY.  I like that she has course experience behind a useful colt, Debussy who has then finished behind two of the Ballydoyle Derby runners at Chester.  I like that she won her trial very nicely at Lingfield, albeit against a nothing sort of field.  I like her sire Oasis Dream and I like Henry, a lot.  He has a great record in the Oaks and at Midday tomorrow although I will be in March, my heart will be at Epsom.

Midday aims to give Henry Cecil his 9th Oaks winner tomorrow

Midday aims to give Henry Cecil his 9th Oaks winner tomorrow